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 16 September 1888 → A tornado in Washington, D.C., probably an F2, traveled up Maryland Avenue before it lifted at the foot of Capitol Hill. The Smithsonian and Botanical Gardens were damaged along the two-mile-long path.
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 16 September 1928 → On this day, a hurricane made landfall in south Florida, passing over Lake Okeechobee. The official death toll was set at 1,836 people.
 16 September 1999 → A massive former Category 4, Hurricane Floyd came ashore in North Carolina. Tropical storm force winds extended nearly 600 miles out from the storm's center. 35 of the storm's 57 fatalities occurred in North Carolina. Up to 19 inches of rain soaked southeastern North Carolina just 11 days after Hurricane Dennis brought up to 15 inches of rain to the region. Flooding was rampant, with much of the worst conditions occurring during the overnight hours catching people unaware.
 16 September 2004Hurricane Ivan made landfall in Alabama as a Category 3, but had been a powerful Category 5 four days earlier over the Gulf of Mexico. It had been Category 4 or stronger for 192 consecutive hours. It was the most southerly category 3 (at 10 degrees north latitude), 4 (11 degrees N), and 5 (14 degrees N) storm ever seen in the Atlantic. After landfall the storm took a bizarre track northward into Tennessee, then east off the Maryland coast, then back ashore in southern Florida, westward into the Gulf, and then making yet another landfall in Louisiana.

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December 30, 1985:

Winds gusted to 40 to 50 mph over northern South Dakota through the day and into the southern part of the state by late afternoon. The strong winds lowered visibilities to near zero at times between Lemmon in Perkins County and Faith in Meade County. The strongest wind gusts were to 63 mph at Mitchell. At 9:33pm CST, the strong winds blew a semi-tractor trailer off the highway one mile east of Aberdeen.

December 30, 1987:

Snow and strong winds combined to produce blizzard conditions across parts of central and east central South Dakota during the afternoon and evening of the 30th. Winds gusted to 40 mph in some areas, producing blowing snow, which reduced visibilities to near zero. New snowfall was generally only a trace to less than two inches.

December 30, 2010:

A strong upper level low pressure trough and associated surface low pressure area moved across the region bringing the first of two consecutive blizzards to central and northeast South Dakota. Snowfall amounts of 3 to 6 inches combined with bitter cold north winds of 25 to 40 mph caused widespread blizzard conditions across central and northeast South Dakota from the late morning until the evening hours. Near zero visibilities caused dangerous travel conditions resulting in the closing of Interstates 29 and 90 along with several highways across the region. Several hundred people were stranded as a result of the storm. A group of fishermen had to be rescued in Day county when they became stranded on the ice. The snowfall began across the area anywhere from 7 to 11 am CST and ended between 10 pm and 1 am CST.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 52 (1980) Aberdeen: -34 (1917)
Kennebec: 63 (1904) Kennebec: -30 (1990)
Mobridge: 54 (1912) Mobridge: -31 (1990)
Pierre: 58 (2004) Pierre: -31 (1990)
Sisseton: 47 (2004) Sisseton: -26 (1990)
Timber Lake: 49 (1956) Timber Lake: -32 (1990)
Watertown: 49 (2004) Watertown: -29 (1990)
Wheaton: 51 (1999) Wheaton: -25 (1990)

Record Precipitation: Record Snowfall:
Aberdeen: 0.70" (2006) Aberdeen: 7.0" (1931)
Kennebec: 0.48" (1971) Kennebec: 4.8" (1931)
Mobridge: 0.87" (1931) Mobridge: 9.8" (2006)
Pierre: 0.44" (1972) Pierre: 3.5" (2010)
Sisseton: 0.83" (1972) Sisseton: 5.5" (1972)
Timber Lake: 0.30" (2006) Timber Lake: 6.0" (2006)
Watertown: 0.65" (2006) Watertown: 5.0" (2010)
Wheaton: 0.59" (2005) Wheaton: 6.7" (2005)


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